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Well, you probably will not have a chance to view the City of Chicago and the Lake from the 50th floor in the Blue Shield Building on Randolph Street often. These pictures were taken at a reception party held at the prestigious corporate offices of Baker and McKenzie, America’s largest law firm occupying 20 floors in the building.Who did we see there? The party was organized under the auspices of Interior Design Magazine with a number of sponsors from the furniture industry. Of course, the company’s digital media director Pamela McNally with her staff photographer were looking for the famous, familiar and not so familiar new faces. Her friendly chats put everyone at ease immediately.

The Creme de la Creme and the entire beau monde of the interior design world were there of course. We met with the C.E.O. of the Fontana Arte lighting company from Milan, Italy, Barbara Politi who seemed to enjoy herself well immersed in the lively atmosphere on the 2 gorgeous floors used as the reception area by Baker and Mackenzie, impeccable hosts.We also spoke with the well known design historian and author, Mel Byars, who’s award winning book the Encyclopedia of Design (2004) some 800 pages of design research information I recommended in the afternoon to a staff member at Powell’s book store on Halsted Street with not the slightest idea that I would meet the author 6 hours later at the party.Mel’s illustrious career took him through journalism, teaching, art and creative directing for Mecho Systems one of the sponsors. Conversation points included a mutual interest in the design of Vintage American Mens Footwear! I also saw a number of product designers like Mac Stopa from Poland who has done work for Google as well as Baldanzi & Novelli the award winning design team from Italy who’s furniture designs have won many awards and are sold the world over.In the picture here Walter Fattore, Founder and C.E.O. of the Diwar Furniture Company from Italy with his daughter Silvia Fattore (right) the Mayor of the town of Villanova (Pd) who is also on the Executive board of the company. And yes, my inexperienced eye even noticed a slender tall woman wearing incredible footwear designed by Jeffrey Campbell from Los Angeles with a 10 inch high angled platform shoe with no heel. Unfortunately the picture of those fantastic (no) heels got lost somewhere.

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